The town’s Milton Street was transformed into a street market yesterday showcasing over sixty of the North East and North Yorkshire’s best independent food producers.
With a tasty mix of stalls including a wide range of locally produced meat, vegetables, artisan bread, handmade cheese, micro brewery beers and chocolate, a record number of people filled the town to sample some of the culinary delights.
Festival organiser, Lorna Jackson said: “What a day! Last year was our first festival and we didn’t really know what to expect.
“This year we thought we knew what was coming but today has just taken on another life of its own.
“We’ve been busy right from the off and the atmosphere around the place has been wonderful all day long.
This, the second ever Saltburn Food Festival, builds on the seaside town’s already popular monthly Farmers’ Market which was shortlisted as National Farmers’ Market of the Year earlier this year.
Lorna said: “All of the traders share our passion for good locally produced food and one thing they keep telling me is how much they love coming here to our monthly Farmers’ Market.
“They tell me they love the people here and most of them have sold out again today.”
Alongside the stalls, live cookery demonstrations took place with guest chefs cooking up a treat in the festival’s Cookery Theatre.
Former Coronation Street star turned TV chef, Sean Wilson and Radiohead’s personal chef, Sarah Muir were amongst the special guests delighting crowds with their live cooking.
Sean Wilson said: “This is the first time I’ve been to Saltburn and it won’t be the last.
“The place is a real oasis. It looks wonderful but the people have been amazing all day long. Warm, welcoming and it has been a real pleasure to be here.
“The cookery theatre was obviously great fun to do but it was great to walk around and see how much the place was buzzing.”
Sarah Muir who is now back home in North Yorkshire running her hugely popular, Arches Cookery School at Grinkle Park Farm near Loftus, said: “This is easily one of the best food festivals in the country.
“There’s a great mix of stallholders and the vibe has just been incredible all day.
“Saltburn really is an absolute gem of a place and I can’t wait for next year.”
Lorna added: “Our guest chefs have all been a joy to work with and have all really enjoyed the day.
“We thought it would be very difficult to top last year but Saltburn has done itself proud yet again.”